Colossians 3:12-14 – “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”
Dear Prayer Partner,
Thank you so much for your prayer support for our family and ministry. We thank and praise God for you and for your ministry to us in prayer. As you read this most recent newsletter, we humbly ask that you continue to uphold our family in prayer as we walk through some very difficult, yet necessary changes in our lives.
At the end of 2017, we were faced with a situation that has required us to return to the USA for a period of counseling and restoration. This had been an unresolved issue that occurred prior to our departure to Argentina last April. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the situation, we will be unable to return to Argentina as full-time missionaries with GMSA. As you can imagine, this is a major change and transition for our family, as well as for all those in our mission family and supporting churches and individuals. Although the future is unclear, our goal and focus right now is to humbly and obediently walk through the steps of counseling and restoration for our family. We would ask that you please uphold us in prayer throughout this vital process in our journey. If any of you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And even though reading this newsletter might be discouraging, sad, or disheartening, we have so much to thank and praise God for. The last time we wrote you all was back in November, which means that much has occurred since that time. Here are a few highlights from the months of November and December: the Chivilcoy basketball team ended their season in 2nd place overall, the Chivilcoy church voted and approved of a new national pastor to begin serving in May 2018, the Christmas cantata was a great success (drama, choir music, and Gospel presentation), several new faces have been attending the Chivilcoy church, the camp pool project began and is near full completion, and Allison’s brother (Chad) came and visited for a week. All of these ‘highlights’ were a blessing to us and were a testimony of God’s hand at work through us and around us. It was also special to witness the Argentine celebrations for Christmas and New Year, which consisted of family/extended family time, lots of fireworks, and some pretty good food! As many of you probably understand from experience, the New Year celebration reminded us of God’s faithfulness and of His blessings to us throughout the past year. Every year is filled with a wide range of emotions that come from all types of circumstances, and it is often difficult to recognize God’s involvement and His plan during the day-to-day living, but sometimes it does us a lot of good (spiritually) to look back and recognize the power and faithfulness of God, which helped us get to where we are today. As a reminder to each of us (especially in times of discouragement), we have a living Hope, One that never leaves us, that never fails us, that never gives up on us, and that always loves us. May God be your Hope throughout this year 2018, and may He have your whole heart!
In January, we celebrated Eliana’s 1st birthday with our church family in Chivilcoy. It was a huge blessing to our family to celebrate with so many that love Eliana. We then scheduled and determined a departure date to leave Argentina and return to Pennsylvania. During the first two weeks of the new year, we spent every available minute packing our belongings, talking with our Argentine friends, and preparing to make this transition back to the USA. Then, on January 16th, our family left Argentina and arrived back home in PA. We praise God for the smooth transition of luggage, the safety of our arrival, and the love and support of our families and friends here in PA. Since then, we have been under the excellent care of our home and supporting church, High Point Baptist Chapel, and are extremely thankful for their love and prayer support. Again, we humbly ask that you remember us in your prayers, that we would seek and find wisdom, submit to godly counsel, discover God’s future plan for us, and trust in God each day.
Thank you all for your constant prayers. We appreciate each of you for interceding on our behalf, and for aiding your brother and sister in Christ through this difficult time. Thank you, and may God bless each of you and your families!
Dathan, Allison, and Eliana Marshall
Eliana's 1st birthday party with Tom, Debbie, and Danny Gibbons.